It's Over 8000! Manga List

It's Over 8000! Manga List

The term "manga" (mahn-gah) is used to describe graphic novels from Japan aimed at both adult and younger audiences. What makes them different from American graphic novels is that they read right to left, and usually feature a distinct Japanese art style. 

This list features classics, new titles, and some that you might not have heard of that are appropriate for all ages—plus some specifically geared for older teens. So whether you are new to manga or have read almost everything in the genre, check out this list to discover old favorites and new obsessions.


Compiled by:
Lizzy S

Manga for Older Teens

Akira

Katsuhiro Ōtomo
(Graphic Novel - Otomo)

In Neo-Tokyo, built on the former site of Tokyo after World War III, two teenagers are targeted by agencies after they develop paranormal abilities.


Chobits

CLAMP
(Graphic Novel - Cl)

Having left the country for a cram school in the city, Hideki Motosuwa has humorous and unusual experiences with Chi, a "persocom," or miniature android and personal computer.


Death Note

Tsugumi Ohba
(Graphic Novel - Ohba)

The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook from a Shinigami named Ryuk that grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose name and face he knows.


Hellsing

Kohta Hirano
(Graphic Novel - Hirano)

Chronicles the exploits of the secret Hellsing Organization, formed by the Hellsing family to protect England and the Protestant church from vampires and other monsters, and its top operative, the vampire Alucard.


Loveless

Yun Kouga
(Graphic Novel - Kouga)

When twelve-year-old Ritsuka discovers a message from his brother Seimei that he was murdered, Ritsuka joins forces with Soubi to find Seimei's killer and uncover the truth.


Nana

Ai Yazawa
(Graphic Novel - Yazawa)

Nana Komatsu is a young woman who's endured an unending string of boyfriend problems. Moving to Tokyo, she's hoping to take control of her life. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is cool, confident & focused. She swaggers into town and proceeds to kick down the doors to Tokyo's underground punk scene.


Old Boy

Garon Tsuchiya
(Graphic Novel - Tsuchiy)

Ten years ago, they took him. He doesn't know who. For ten years he has been confined in a private prison. He doesn't know why. For ten years his only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jailers. In time, he lost himself. He changed -- transformed himself into something else-- something hard-- something lethal. Suddenly one day, his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what's left of his life-- and what's left is revenge. 


Parasyte

Hitoshi Iwaaki
(Graphic Novel - Iwaaki)

A plague of alien parasites has invaded Earth, taken over human hosts and begun feasting on humanity. Most of the hosts are oblivious to their captors, but high schooler Shinichi is fighting to control his own body against an alien parasite and wondering how he can warn humanity before it is too late.


Tokyo Ghoul

Sui Ishida
(Graphic Novel - Ishida)

Ghouls live among us, the same as normal people in every way -- except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid. Trapped between two worlds, he must survive Ghoul turf wars, learn more about Ghoul society and master his new powers.


Trigun

Yasuhiro Nightow
(Graphic Novel - Nightow)

Vash the Stampede, the galaxy's deadliest gunslinger, emerges after two years in hiding to help his beleaguered desert homeworld, Gunsmoke. But the Stampede's many enemies have kept their motors running, and they're back on his trail and determined to bring Vash to ground - hard! And a new crowd of bounty hunters, badasses, and brain-cases are also looking to cash in the astronomical price on his head!


Trinity Blood

Sunao Yoshida
(Graphic Novel - Yoshida)

In a dark and distant future, Armageddon has given rise to the fabled Second Moon - and a perpetual war between the vampires and the humans! Esther is a nun in the city of Istavan.  When she crosses paths with Abel Nightroad, a priest sent from the Vatican to combat the local order of vampires, the two form a holy alliance to battle the most evil of threats.  


Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror

Junji Ito
(Graphic Novel - Ito)

Kurôzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people's bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi's father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurôzu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool from which there is no return!


Manga for All Ages

The Ancient Magus' Bride

Kore Yamazaki
(Graphic Novel - Yamazak)

Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise's life will never be thesame again. The man is a "magus," a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice--and his bride!


Assassination Classroom

Yusei Matsui
(Graphic Novel - Matsui)

The students in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher: an alien octopus with bizarre powers and unlimited strength, who's just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth--unless they can kill him first! 


Blue Exorcist

Kazue Kato
(Graphic Novel - Kato)

Fight hellfire with hellfire! Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth -- the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin's veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. 


A Bride's Story

Kaoru Mori
(Graphic Novel - Mori)

As she and her husband adjust to their arranged marriage, Amir strives to find her role as she settles into a new life and a new home in a society quick to define that role for her.


Dragon Ball

Akira Toriyama
(Graphic Novel - Toriyam)

Legend has it that if all seven of the precious orbs called "Dragon Balls" are gathered together, an incredibly powerful dragon god will appear to grant one wish. Unfortunately, the orbs are scattered across the world, making them extremely difficult to collect. Enter 16-year-old Bulma, a scientific genius who has constructed a radar to detect the exact locations of the Dragon Balls. She's on a mission to find all seven orbs, but first she must convince young Son Goku to join her on her quest. With a monkey tail, superhuman strength and a magic staff for a weapon, Son Goku is ready to set out on the adventure of a lifetime...


Fruits Basket

Natsuki Takaya
(Graphic Novel - Takaya)

After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, plucky high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out...into a tent! Unfortunately for her, she pitches her new home on private land belonging to the mysterious Sohma clan, and it isn't long before the owners discover her secret. But as Tohru quickly finds out when the family offers to take her in, the Sohmas have a secret of their own--when embraced by the opposite sex, they turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac!


The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil a Rún

Nagabe
(Graphic Novel - Nagabe)

In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins.


Milkyway Hitchhiking

Sirial
(Graphic Novel - Sirial)

There are as many people on earth as there are stars in the sky. Milkyway-- a peculiar cat with a pattern of the Milky Way splashed across her back-- travels across time and space; sometimes to observe, other times to interact with an unfolding story. [This is] the full-color tale of Milkywayhitchhiking across the bright stars of people's lives, loves, tears, and laughter.


Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

Izumi Tsubaki
(Graphic Novel - Tsubaki)

To the eyes of classmate Chiyo Sakura, high school student Umetarou Nozaki is a dreamboat! When Chiyo finally works up the courage to tell Nozaki how she feels about him, she knows rejection is on the table...but getting recruited as a mangaka's assistant?! Never in a million years! As Chiyo quickly discovers, Nozaki-kun, the boy of Chiyo's dreams, is a manga artist...a hugely popular shoujo manga artist, that is! But for someone who makes a living drawing sweet girly romances, Nozaki-kun is a little slow on the uptake when it comes to matters of the heart in reality. 


My Love Story!

Kazune Kawahara
(Graphic Novel - Kawahar)

Giant Takeo Goda's love life takes a surprising turn when he saves a girl named Yamato, but will she be drawn instead to Takeo's handsome best friend, Sunakawa?


Orange

Ichigo Takano
(Graphic Novel - Takano)

Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn't take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter informs her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. What is Naho to make of the letter's contents and its cryptic warning?


Otomen

Aya Kanno
(Graphic Novel - Kanno)

Asuka Masamune is a guy who loves girly things--sewing, knitting, making cute stuffed animals and reading shojo comics. But in a world where boys are expected to act manly, Asuka must hide his beloved hobbies and play the part of a masculine jock instead. Ryo Miyakozuka, on the other hand, is a girl who can't sew or bake a cake to save her life. Asuka finds himself drawn to Ryo, but she likes only the manliest of men! Can Asuka ever show his true self to anyone, much less to the girl that he's falling for?


Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

Naoko Takeuchi
(Graphic Novel - Takeuch)

Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As SailorMoon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!


Princess Jellyfish

Akiko Higashimura
(Graphic Novel - Higashi)

Tsukimi Kurashita has a strange fascination with jellyfish. She's loved them from a young age and has carried that love with her to her new life in the big city of Tokyo. There, she resides in Amamizukan, a safe-haven for girl geeks who regularly gush over a range of things from trains to Japanese dolls. However, a chance meeting at a pet shop has Tsukimi crossing paths with one of the things that the residents of Amamizukan have been desperately trying to avoid--a beautiful and fashionable woman! But there's much more to this woman than her trendy clothes! 


A Silent Voice

Yoshitoki Ōima
(Graphic Novel - Oima)

Shoya is a bully. When Shoko, a girl who can't hear, enters his elementary school class, she becomes their favorite target, and Shoya and his friends goad each other into devising new tortures for her. But the children's cruelty goes too far. Shoko is forced to leave the school, and Shoya ends up shouldering all the blame. Six years later, the two meet again. Can Shoya make up for his past mistakes, or is it too late?